NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A New Orleans judge temporarily blocked the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control's order to shut down three Bourbon Street strip clubs accused of prostitution and drug sales.
The ATC claimed the businesses posed a threat to health, safety and welfare.
Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Regina Woods issued a temporary restraining order allowing The Mansion on Bourbon, Centerfold and Lipstixx to resume selling alcohol after the ATC issued emergency suspensions on Tuesday.
The businesses had filed a lawsuit challenging the suspensions.
Five strip clubs were cited in the ATC's month-long, undercover Operation Trick-or-Treat.
"New Orleans is going to have to make a decision- does it want law and order or does it want to be like the Wild Wild West? Citizens across the state entrust ATC and our law enforcement partners to make the French Quarter a safer place," said ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert. "Human trafficking, prostitution, and drugs go hand in hand. We must attack these as a united front if we are going to clean things up."
A hearing is set for next week.